THE ETHICS OF PROPHETIC DISOBEDIENCE: Qur'an 8:67 at the Crossroads of Islamic Sciences
Article first published online: 3 AUG 2011
© 2011 Journal of Religious Ethics, Inc.
Journal of Religious Ethics
Volume 39, Issue 3, pages 440–457, September 2011
How to Cite
Ahmed, R. (2011), THE ETHICS OF PROPHETIC DISOBEDIENCE: Qur'an 8:67 at the Crossroads of Islamic Sciences. Journal of Religious Ethics, 39: 440–457. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9795.2011.00488.x
- Issue published online: 3 AUG 2011
- Article first published online: 3 AUG 2011
Medieval Muslim scholars were challenged with squaring their conceptions of prophetic infallibility with reports that Muhammad disobeyed revelatory commands from God. The manner in which they rehabilitated the prophetic image in these cases had corresponding repercussions in the fields of jurisprudence, theology, and legal theory. The present article uses the case of Q. 8:67 to demonstrate the intertwined nature of the Islamic sciences and the stakes involved when delimiting the prophetic ability to err and/or disobey God.